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Mill Valley Public Library, Lucretia Little History Room

The Lucretia Little History Room is dedicated to illuminating the unique and vibrant history of Mill Valley and making this history accessible to people of all ages and interests. We accomplish this by collecting, preserving, and promoting materials of enduring value pertaining to people, places, and events associated with Mill Valley and a few select nearby areas, such as Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods, that are an essential part of Mill Valley’s historic heritage.

The History Room and the Mill Valley Historical Society have shared a close relationship since their respective foundings in 1977. Since its opening, the Lucretia Little History Room has operated under the jurisdiction of the Mill Valley Public Library and the City of Mill Valley, and its collection is owned by the Library. The Historical Society is a separate nonprofit organization which is not governed by the City. The Historical Society and the Library collaborate in many areas, including on exhibitions, the Mill Valley Oral History Program, and the First Wednesday lecture series. The Historical Society provides valued funding and membership resources to support the History Room’s projects, while the Library provides research support for the Historical Society’s programs and publications, from its annual History Walk to the Mill Valley Historical Review.

Contact Information:

Mill Valley Public Library
Lucretia Little History Room
375 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: (415) 389-4292
Email: hist@cityofmillvalley.org

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Description : Brochure titled "Little Journeys over the Northwestern Pacific Railroad", circa 1911, describing short trips, one hour to one day's time, from San Francisco over the Northwestern Pacific Railroad's lines. Brochure describes the Railroad's all-day "Triangle Trip" as "one of the most delightful scenic one-day jaunts in America". Brochure is comprised of six panels. Source : 2 Pages of 2: Pamphlet (10 x 6 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.012 Digitized by...
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Excursions, Railroads, Travel
Description : Excerpt of an article from "Trails" by the California Alpine Club about Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway, 1921. Attached photograph of a view of San Francisco Bay from the summit of Mt. Tamalpais, with the Double Bow-Knot in the foreground. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (10.5 x 7.6875 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.029 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway, Railroads
Description : Teacher and students posed outside of Homestead School. George Stutzman is in the front row left. "-7914-" appears in the lower right corner. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (8.875 x 6.4375 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.006 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Homestead School, Schools, Students, Teachers
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by Mitchell, Edward H.
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Description : Postcard of a wooden curve in the tracks of the Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway. Title transcribed from printed text on front of postcard, which reads, "Entering Redwood Canyon, Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway". Postcard has been trimmed and attached to a paper with two others by the same company. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (3.375 x 3.3125 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.027 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mill Valley Public Library, Lucretia Little History Room
by Rieder, M.
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Description : Mill Valley's Old Mill was built by John Reed circa 1835. Reed's sawmill has long been Mill Valley's most significant man-made landmark. Back of postcard is printed with the following text: "The Oldest Mill in California, Mill Valley. M. Rieder, Publ., Los Angeles, Cal. No. 4729." Correspondence to a recipient in Merced, California, on back. Postcard is stamped and postmarked 1910. Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (5.5 x 3.75 in.) Call Number : 2016.094.004 Digitized by...
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Old Mill, Sawmills, Structures
Description : Postcard depicting the exterior of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a Roman Catholic church, in Mill Valley, California. The first Mount Carmel church was dedicated in 1893. A handwritten note on the back of this postcard dates this photo January 14, 1917 and indicates that the postcard probably shows the dedication of a new church building, created to accommodate Mill Valley's growing population. This new church was built at the corner of Buena Vista Avenue, and was a stucco, Spanish...
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Description : Carte de visite portrait of Carlotta Suarez Reed and her husband, John Joseph Reed, who was the eldest son of John Thomas Reed and Hilaria Sanchez Reed. John Thomas Reed was the first Anglo-Saxon settler and land owner in Mill Valley, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (4.25 x 6.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.049 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Portraits, Reed Family
Description : Photocopy of a packet of correspondence to N.P. Yost from Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company, March 25, 1910-March 7, 1922, regarding his proposition to build a spur track into his property in Mill Valley. Includes documents: Estimate and Agreement for Private Siding, March 24, 1910; Small map of the proposed spur, March 1910; Track Estimate and Agreement for Private Siding, May 18, 1915; Map of proposed spur, March 1915; Letter to N.P. Yost from Northwestern Pacific Railroad...
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Description : Mill Valley's Old Mill was built by John Reed circa 1835. Reed's sawmill has long been Mill Valley's most significant man-made landmark. Front of postcard is printed with the following text: "Old Mill, Mill Valley, Cal." Correspondence to a Mrs. A.J. Hanson of Evanston, Illinois on back. Postcard is stamped and postmarked 1921. Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (5.5 x 3.75 in.) Call Number : 2016.094.003 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Old Mill, Sawmills, Structures
Description : Postcard featuring a creek, bridge, and a glimpse of Redwood Lodge. "Redwood Lodge" was the name George and Maria Billings gave the Mill Valley home they began building in 1890. The home, at 160 Corte Madera Avenue, was originally intended as a summer home, but after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, the Billings family made the Redwood Lodge their year-round residence. Title transcribed from front of postcard, which is printed with the following text: "A...
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Bridges, Creeks, Houses, Redwood trees, Structures,...
Description : Ordinance No. 88 from the Board of Trustees of the Town of Mill Valley to the Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway. Document grants the Railway the permission "to erect telegraph and telephone poles and wires and to transmit thereby telegraph and telephone messages and electric light and power along some of the public streets or highways of the town of Mill Valley." It further describes the locations in which the poles will be installed and the financial arrangements...
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Description :  Portrait of Maybelle Kelly, seated. Kelly was a music teacher and accompanist, well known in the musical circles of Marin County. She accompanied the Ross Symphony Orchestra and was the pianist for the Mill Valley Orchestra. Her pupils gave frequent recitals at Mill Valley's Outdoor Art Club. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (2.5 x 3.875 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.070 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : The Mill Valley Depot. Back of postcard is printed with the following text: "The Mill Valley Depot, circa 1914. Miller Avenue meets Throckmorton. Bernard Street continues up hill." Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (6 x 3.75 in.) Call Number : 2016.094.001 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Businesses, Commuters, Railroad depots, Railroads, The...
Description : Group portrait of members of the Reed family. Clothilde Reed (1859-1940) is pictured at the center. John Rains, ranch manager, is on the left. Reed's paternal grandfather was John Thomas Reed, the first Anglo-Saxon settler and land owner in Mill Valley, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (4.5 x 2.625 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.062 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Abstract of Title and List of Incumbrances on Copies of Instruments between Tamalpais Land and Water Company and North Pacific Coast Railroad Company or San Francisco, Tamalpais and Bolinas Railway Company relating to their right of way into Mill Valley, and their occupancy of the depot sites at Millwood and Mill Valley December 7, 1903. Twenty-nine page agreement by the Marin County Abstract Company, San Rafael, California. Source : 29 Pages of 29: Pamphlet (18.75 x 14.24 in.)...
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Description : Postcard depicts the image of an observation tower, called the Marine Exchange, with several people standing both on and around the tower. A telegraph pole can be seen next to the tower. Title transcribed from front of the postcard, which reads "Marine Exchange on Summit of Mt. Tamalpais, California. Established by S.F. Examiner for sighting vessels far out at sea. On clear days vessels can be sighted 60 to 75 miles and reported by wire in San Francisco two hours before they...
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Description : Colorized postcard of the Mill Valley Depot featuring passersby and train cars. Front of postcard is printed with the following text: "No. 423. Railroad station at Mill Valley, Marin County, California." Back of postcard is printed with the following: "Chas. Weidner, San Francisco, Calif. Made in Germany." Correspondence to a Mrs. Pearl Cook of San Francisco from a Mrs. Drew of San Rafael, California, on back. Postcard is stamped and postmarked 1909. Source : 1...
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Description : A Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway locomotive pulling an open car full of passengers down Mt. Tamalpais. Written on the bottom margin: "Mt. Tamalpais train." Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (3.25 x 5.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.112 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Newspaper clipping of the timetable for Northwestern Pacific Railroad, 1911. Timetable commenced Nov. 1, 1910. Clipped from the Mill Valley Record, and includes an advertisements for The Sequoia and Record-Enterprise Printing. Source : 1 Page of 1: Pamphlet (5 x 10.75 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.014 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Indenture from Tamalpais Land and Water Company to North Pacific Coast Railroad Company, August 1, 1904. Certified by the Marin County Recorder on December 20, 1944 and offered in evidence as plaintiff's exhibit number 2 in 1946. Source : 3 Pages of 3: Document (8.8125 x 14.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.011 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway Engine No. 8 and passenger cars in snow at the Double Bow Knot on Mt. Tamalpais. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (7 x 4.875 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.119 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : View of the railway depot in downtown Mill Valley, California, from the tracks at the rear of the station. A train car is pulled in to the station, and Mt. Tamalpais can be seen in the background. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (5 x 4 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.099 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Portrait of Lorena Dorsey, an early Mill Valley resident and wife of Horace Dorsey. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (6.875 x 8.875 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.091 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Letter from Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway to Ralston L. White, March 2, 1917. White was president of the Tamalpais Land & Water Company from 1910-1943. Letter documents receipt of "certificate #34 for ten (10) shares of stock of the Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway for transfer. Letter is signed "Thomas J. Kent by Geo W. Hall". Source : 1 Page of 1: Pamphlet (8.5 x 11 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.022 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Legal judgment for Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway abandonment. Page one of the document states: Legal Decision No. 4927 Before the Railroad Commission of the State of California, In the Matter of the Application of Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway for an order of it to abandon the operation of all its lines from November 1st to March 1st of each year. Application No. 3272." Source : 5 Pages of 5: Pamphlet (9 x 14.25 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.017 Digitized by...
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Description : Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway cars 21 and 22 at the Railway's engine house and shops on Corte Madera Avenue at Alcatraz Place in Mill Valley, California. Two workers stand next to and on the cars. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (7 x 5 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.108 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Two small tintypes attached to a single white backing. Tintypes appear to show two views of the same unidentified member of the Reed family of Mill Valley, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (3.25 x 2.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.050 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description :  Postcard depicts Mt. Tamalpais overlooking early Mill Valley. (Note spelling of Tamalpais as "Tamalpias" on card). The faint path of the railroad line can be seen running along Mt. Tamalpias. Front of postcard contains the following text: bottom of picture: "Mount Tamalpais, California." On left-hand border, text reads, " 20. Richard Behrendt, Publisher, San Francisco. Printed in Germany." Back of postcard is blank. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph...
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Description : Members of the Outdoor Art Club of Mill Valley, California, posing in a decorated room. Written in the lower right corner "New Year's Eve Oriental - 1921." The photograph is pasted to black paper, likely from a photograph album. On the back is an unidentified photograph of two girls posing under a tree. "Penelope - Quin[?]" is handwritten at the bottom of the photograph. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (10.875 x 6.875 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.048 Digitized...
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Description : Front of postcard shows a gentleman standing on the edge of Inspiration Point on Mt. Tamalpais, overlooking Mill Valley and the San Francisco Bay. The title on the postcard reads, "Inspiration Point. Mount Tamalpais - California." The publisher information printed on the front reads, "56 Goeggel & Weidner, San Francisco -- printed in Germany." The back of the postcard is left blank. Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (3.5 x 5.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.094.081...
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Description : Portrait of John Rains (left) and John Reed (right) posed for a souvenir photograph. Rains and Reed are seated behind a cutout of an automobile, and a depiction of the Cliff House can be seen in the background. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (4.75 x 3 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.055 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Automobiles, Portraits, Reed Family
Description : A collection of small tintypes of unidentified Reed family members attached to white card stock. John Thomas Reed was the first Anglo-Saxon settler and landowner in Mill Valley, California. Individual portraits are grouped around a larger picture of a boy and a young woman. Most of those pictured appear to be children. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (7.75 x 8.75) Call Number : 2016.004.056 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Ernestine Wood, daughter of E. E. Wood, as a girl. E. E. Wood was the first principal of Tamalpais High School. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (5 x 10 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.152 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : The front of the postcard depicts the Tavern of Mt. Tamalpais. The printed text below the image reads, "Tavern on Mount Tamalpais, California." There is a handwritten message on the front. Publisher information reads, " 41. Charles Weidner, Photographer, San Francisco. Printed in Germany." The back of the postcard is addressed to a Miss Ethel M. Langford of Eureka, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (5.5 x 3.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.094.073 Digitized...
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Description : Front of postcard depicts the observatory station on Mt. Tamalpais. The text printed on the front reads, "2064. Observatory Station on summit of Mt. Tamalpais, California. (2592 feet high). The back of the postcard contains a handwritten message addressed to a Mrs. Lester in Nevada City, California. The publisher information given on the back is listed as, "Britton & Rey, lithographers, S.F. Publishers of Pictorial Post Cards." The postcard is postmarked April...
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Description : Letter from Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway to William Thomas, October 30, 1918 regarding the decision for the Railroad Commission to cease operations in the winter months. Source : 2 Pages of 2: Pamphlet (8.375 x 8.8125 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.023 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Front of postcard depicts an image of a steam train heading into the Tavern of Mt. Tamalpais. The Lookout can be seen in the background. The following text is printed on the front: "No. 431. The Tavern on Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, California." The back of the postcard contains a handwritten message. The following text is printed on the back of the postcard: "Chas. Wiedner, San Francisco, Calif. Made in Germany." The Tavern of Tamalpais was a combination...
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Description : Front of postcard shows side view of Profile Rock on Mt. Tamalpais. Profile Rock is a rock formation which looks like a human profile. The text at the bottom of the postcard reads, "Profile Rock, near Summit of Mt. Tamalpais, California. (2592 feet elevation.)" There is a handwritten message, "This is a nice card for your collection." The publisher information listed on the front reads, "Britton & Rey, Lithographers, San Francisco. 571." The back...
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, geology, Mt. Tamalpais, Profile Rock, rock formations
Description : Crowd outside of the railway depot in downtown Mill Valley, California, and people walking across Miller Avenue. A train is seen at left. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (5.125 x 2.75 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.095 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Railroad stations, Railroads
Description : Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway train and passengers cars crossing a trestle bridge. The orientation of passengers and the engineer showcases the way in which the Railway's engines were positioned at the end of the train, pushing passenger cars up the mountain. This was done for a few reasons, including that it eliminated the possibility of runaway passenger cars and redirected the smoke and soot from the engine away from passengers. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (6.5 x...
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Locomotives, Railroad cars, Railroads, Trestles
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by Price, W.I.
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Description : Man and dog in the Cascades area of Mill Valley. Back of postcard is printed with the following: "Cascades, Mill Valley, Cal." Back of postcard is stamped, postmarked 1911, and features correspondence to a Miss A.M. Mac Murray of Marysville, Yuba County, California. Back also states: "Made in Germany for W.I. Price, Mill Valley, Cal." Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (5.5 x 3.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.094.021 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Cascades Area, Trees, Woods
Description : Blank shipping bill for the North Pacific Coast Railroad, circa 1890s. Printed on top: "Form 41.--4,000--9-96". Bills such as this were used to document the shipping of property from station to station. Source : 2 Pages of 2: Document (5.625 x 8.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.015 Digitized by California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, californialightandsound, Railroads, Shipping
Description : A group of redwood trees in Mill Valley, California. Title partially transcribed from front of postcard, which reads: "No. 422, A group of Redwoods, growing out from root of an immense Redwood, Mill Valley, Marin County, California". Back of postcard is printed with the following: "Chas. Weidner, San Francisco, Calif. Made in Germany." Correspondence to a Miss Grace Sterrett on back. Postcard is stamped and postmarked 1909. Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (5.5 x...
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by Price, W.I.
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Description : Postcard of Mill Valley's Episcopal Church. Title transcribed from front of postcard, which is printed with the following text: "Episcopal Church, Mill Valley, Cal". Back of postcard is printed with the following: "Made in Germany for W.I. Price, Mill Valley, Cal." Correspondence to a Miss Coffin of Berkeley, California, on back. Postcard is numbered 1463 and is stamped and postmarked 1907. Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (5.5 x 3.5 in.) Call Number :...
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Description : Automobile passengers stopped under the big trees. Passengers pose in front of two automobiles. Handwritten text on the back of postcard says: "about 1905 - probably on road to Muir Woods". Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (5 x 3.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.094.013 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Front of postcard depicts the West Point Inn on Mt. Tamalpais. The inn is decorated with American flags, and there is a crowd of people seated in front of the inn. Title transcribed from printed text on the front of the postcard, which reads, "Beautiful California. West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais." The back of the postcard contains a handwritten message and is addressed to a Mr. Norman H[indiscernable] at Pacific Station via San Francisco. The publisher information as...
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Mill Valley Public Library, Lucretia Little History Room
by Klyce, Melvin
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Description : A group of Tamalpais High School students at a birthday party given by Mrs. Mann for her daughter, Margaret, Top row, left to right: Bertram Tuckey (Tilberon), Alden Rayburn (Sausalito), John Bayse (S.F.), Fred Bagshaw, Roger Barber, Vill Hamilton, Geroge Foux, Otto Weissick, Theo Weissick. Middle Row, left to right: Barbra Ball (S.F.), Dorothy Longstaff (S. F.), Katherine Burbeck, Gerogia McConnell, Marian Klyce, Elinor Burt, Camille LEger, Marie Weissick, Elizabeth Wainright....
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Description : Group portrait on the porch of Alonzo Coffin's house during the celebration of Irene Coffin's birthday. The Coffins were a prominent family in early Mill Valley, California. Written on back of photograph: "Irene's birthday party. Mill Valley, 1894. Porch of the Alonzo Coffin house. Down in front. Otto Hinz, Walter Ralph, Maybelle, Amy Schroeder, Beatrice Keely, Irene ? Schroeder, Leslie Gardiner, Billy Smith. On the railing - Henrietta Freeze - Ellen, Pearl, Polly Schroeder,...
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Description : Newspaper clipping of a published timetable for North Pacific Coast Railroad Company, via Sausalito Ferry. From San Francisco, commencing March 29, 1896. Source : 1 Page of 1: Pamphlet (2.75 x 2.0625 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.008 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Postcard featuring Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway gravity car crossing a trestle on Mt. Tamalpais. Gravity cars coasted from the summit of Mt. Tamalpais down to Muir Woods or to downtown Mill Valley. Title transcribed from front of postcard, which is printed with the following text: "Coming down Mt. Tamalpais, California via Gravity Car on eight mile ride". Back of postcard printed with the following: "M. Rieder, Publ., Los Angeles, Cal. Made in Germany. No....
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Description : Front image of postcard depicts the Tavern of Mt. Tamalpais with the railroad tracks running up through the arch of the tavern. Printed on the front of the postcard is the following text: "5964. Tavern of Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Tamalpais, California (Elevation 2592 feet). On the Road to a Thousand Wonders." The back of the postcard contains a handwritten message addressed to a Miss Miriam of Paso Robles, California. The Tavern of Tamalpais was a combination hotel and...
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Description : Hilarita Reed Lyford was the daughter of John Thomas Reed, the first Anglo-Saxon landowner and settler of Mill Valley, California. She was married to Benjamin Lyford. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (4.25 x 6.5 in.) Call Number : 2017.004.001 Digitized by California Revealed .
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by Avery, A.D.
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Description : Photocopy of a handwritten letter from A.D. Avery to Robert E. Graham, Clerk of the County of Marin, September 13, 1900. The letter details the mileage of the railroads within the boundaries of the incorporated town of Mill Valley. A.D. Avery, or Augustus D. Avery, was chief surveyor for the Tamalpais Land & Water Co. Source : 1 Page of 1: Pamphlet (8.5 x 14 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.024 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : View of a wireless telegraph station on Mt. Tamalpais. Title transcribed from front of postcard, which is printed with the following: "129 - Wireless Telegraph Station, Mt. Tamalpais, California". Back of postcard is printed with: "Edward H. Mitchell, Publisher, San Francisco". Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (5.5 x 3.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.094.022 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Three men stand behind the counter inside the Wheeler Martin Grocery Store at 106 Throckmorton Avenue. Note the swastika symbol on the packages on the table; these are from the Pacific Coast Biscuit company. In the early 1900s, the company used this symbol in its marketing. At the time, in Pacific states, this symbol was meant to convey a sense of goodness. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (4.875 x 3.875 in.) Call Number : MVN1612 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Four portraits of unidentified Reed family members. John Thomas Reed was the first white settler and land owner in Mill Valley, California. On the upper left is a tintype of a young man. On the upper right is a carte de visite of a baby. On the lower left is a colorized carte de visite of a woman, and on the lower right is a group carte de visite portrait. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (7.875 x 9.875 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.057 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Colorized illustration of the Old Mill. The original mill was built by John Reed circa 1835. Front of postcard is printed with the following text: "Old Mill, Mill Valley, Cal." A handwritten note is featured at the bottom . Back of postcard is printed with the following: "I. Scheff & Bros., Publishers, San Francisco". Postcard is addressed to a recipient in Los Angeles, and is stamped and postmarked 1907. Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (3.5 x 5.5 in.) Call...
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Description :  A group of men, early residents of Mill Valley, sitting at a large banquet table while two waiters stand at attendance. Pictured at the far head of he table is Sidney Cushing, founding president of the Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais Railway. The man at the other end of the table with his back to the camera is probably Lovell White. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (7.75 x 5.625 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.045 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mill Valley Public Library, Lucretia Little History Room
by T. C. Wohlbruck Co.
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Description : Panoramic photograph of teachers and students at Tamalpais Union High School. Print on middle bottom of photograph reads "Tamalpais Union High School, - Ernest E. Wood, Prin. - Feb 19, 1919" Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (10 x 40 in.) Call Number : 2017.004.002 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description :  Ink drawings on front of postcard depicting a grove of redwoods along railroad tracks with the caption "sequoias--on the way up. Mt. Tamalpais"; a gentleman overlooking Profile Rock with a train curling around the bend; and an image of the railroad as a train makes its way up the mountainside with the caption, "Mountain train ascending Mt. Tamalpais". There's printed text which reads, "I felt run down before I went up, but when I came down, I felt way...
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Description : Portrait of Viola Presho Baldocchi around 5 years of age, sitting on a porch. She was a long time resident of Mill Valley who died in 1979. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (8.375 x 5.25 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.068 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Built at the midpoint of the Mill Valley & Mt. Tamalpais Railway, the Double Bow Knot looped back and forth five times to gain elevation without forcing the grade to be steeper than five percent. Front of postcard is printed with the following text: "Double Bow Knot in Mt. Tamalpais R.R.-S.B. Bay and the Golden Gate in Background, Cal." Back of postcard is postmarked (paper damaged so date not visible) and includes correspondence to a Miss Dunstone of Dumbarton,...
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Description : Locomotives and construction cranes, likely in Boulder City, Nevada. After the abandonment of the Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway in 1930, the Railway's Engine No. 8, to the right of the crane in the foreground, was sold to United Commercial, then Shell Oil, and finally Six Companies of Boulder City, Nevada, for work on the Hoover Dam. The day after this picture was taken the engine was destroyed in a collision with runaway gravel cars. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (10 x...
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Description : Blank roster for the crew of a run of the Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway. Roster includes space to list the crew, train number, run, and duty times. Source : 1 Page of 1: Roster (5.375 x 4.125 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.044 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Form letter from Mill Valley & Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway Secretary H.W. Carothers to Ralston L. White, May 10, 1913, regarding a check for stock dividends. White was president of the Tamalpais Land & Water Company from 1910-1943. Check for dividends was originally enclosed with letter. Source : 1 Page of 1: Pamphlet (8.4375 x 7.25 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.019.002 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Timetable for Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway, effective April 1, 1916. Including Time Card and Rules. Source : 2 Pages of 2: Pamphlet (13.875 x 6.9375 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.016 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Mill Valley's Old Mill School opened in November 1921. The school was constructed on the 2.5-acre Sulphur Spring block, bounded by Throckmorton, Elma, Lovell and Old Mill. Title transcribed from front of postcard, which reads: "Old Mill School, Mill Valley, Calif." Source : 1 Page of 1: Postcard (5.5 x 3.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.094.012 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Portrait of Hilaria Sanchez Reed Garcia (1813-1868). Sanchez Reed Garcia was the wife of John Thomas Reed, the first Anglo-Saxon settler and landowner in Mill Valley. After Reed's death, she married Bernardino Garcia in 1845. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (8 x 9.875 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.053 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mill Valley Public Library, Lucretia Little History Room
by Wohlbruck, T. C.
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Description : Students posing outdoors. On lower left corner: "T. C. Wohlbruck, San Francisco 116". Names of students are written on back of photograph: "Upper Row left to right 1. Fred Bagshaw 2. Louis Cortntz (?) 3. Barclay Manners 4. Armond Silvera 5. Leland Morton 6. Raymond Wiscowsky 7. Joe Saunders 8. Earl Thacker Middle Row 1. Sibbled Reed 2. Shayer Robinson 3. Douglas Prince 4. Randolph WIlson 5. Charles Miers 6. Theodore Trombly 7. Teddy Hansen 8. ALbert Silveria. Lower...
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Description : Cabinet cards depicting Mary Matilda Deffebach (1866-1935) at left and an unidentified young woman at right. Mary Matilda Deffebach was the daughter of Thomas Boileau Deffebach (1822-1884) and Maria Inez Reed Deffebach (1842-1883), and granddaughter of John Thomas Reed, the first white settler and landowner in Mill Valley. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (10 x 7.75 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.083 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : View of the railway depot in downtown Mill Valley, California, from Throckmorton Avenue. The front of the depot is seen at left, and train cars are pictured at right. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (4.75 x 3.25 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.097 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mill Valley Public Library, Lucretia Little History Room
by C. L. Cramer's California Gallery; Kingsley, J. L.
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Description :  Four carte de visite portraits of unidentified Reed family members, pasted to a single piece of white card stock. The Reed family of Mill Valley, California, descended from John Thomas Reed, the first Anglo-Saxon settler and land owner in Mill Valley. The cards on the upper right and lower left may be Hugh Boyle. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (8 x 10.125 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.067 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : View from above of a train and passenger cars and the Tavern of Tamalpais. The observation tower is at the upper left. There is a dusting of snow on the ground. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (6.875 x 4.875 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.116 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : The railroad depot in downtown Mill Valley, California, with the Keystone Building pictured on the left. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (5.125 x 3.5 in.) Call Number : 2016.004.098 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Indenture from Tamalpais Land and Water Company to North Pacific Coast Railroad Company, October 25, 1893. Certified by the Marin County Recorder on December 19, 1944 and offered in evidence as plaintiff's exhibit number 1 in 1946. Source : 3 Pages of 3: Document (8.875 x 14.25 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.010 Digitized by California Revealed .
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